Are Bagels Vegan?

Answer: almost always, yes.

Much like the is bread vegan question, we’re frequently asked if bagels are vegan. I wasn’t aware bagels were so mysterious! Fresh bakery bagels are typically made from flour, water, yeast and salt. That’s the basics. Avoid bagels of the following variety: egg, cheddar jack, jalapeno cheddar, chocolate chip (most are milk chocolate, but some could be vegan friendly dark) … Some sweeter bagels can contain whey.

Frozen or mass produced bagels can be different. Some contain L-cysteine which is derived from animals (feathers, crazy). Panera was a shop that sourced animal-derived L-Cysteine previously. Thankfully, their bagels are now vegan friendly!

Ps. Cream cheese is OBVIOUSLY not vegan. But scout out a shop with hummus, peanut butter or, if you are lucky, tofu cream cheese. Good luck!

6 comments for “Are Bagels Vegan?

  1. June 21, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Actually, a lot of bagels have white sugar and some have an egg wash

    • July 24, 2014 at 4:29 am

      White sugar isn’t processed with bone char in all countries.

  2. June 21, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Also, many breads are not vegan because they will have white sugar, dairy, sometimes egg, and very often will be washed with egg or milk.

    • Taxi
      December 13, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Well, white sugar is vegan, isn’t it?

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